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What is a Man-In-The-Middle Attack?

Man in the Middle

The tech industry very seldom uses words or phrases that offer an accurate metaphor for what is going on. However, in the case of ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks, they are literally what they sound to be. When browsing the internet, sending email, or doing online banking or shopping – your experience will create the illusion that there…

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Digital Immortality

digital immortality

You only live twice, or so it seems One life for yourself, and one for your dreams… …this dream is for you, so pay the price Make one dream come true, you only live twice. John Barry / Leslie Bricusse (1967) And so sang Nancy Sinatra in the theme of the fifth instalment of the…

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Google Duplex is Incredible, but is it Ethical?

Google Duplex

Copyright Google Inc. Last week, with much fanfare, Google revealed it’s latest party-trick, “Duplex” – an upgrade for their virtual assistant. At the launch, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced: “… our mission for the Assistant is to help you get things done”. No controversy there, you might think. He continues; “it turns out, a big…

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Theresa May, AI, Ethics and the World Economic Forum at Davos

Theresa May, AI and Ethics at Davos

Theresa May is on her way to Davos, to speak at the World Economic Forum – and the papers are already stating that she is going to call for ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence. In my opinion, before we can even start to talk about ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence, we have to have ethical roboticists.

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Exponential Growth and the Technological Singularity

exponential growth

The story of the child, King and rice is not the only fairy tale that’s spoken about exponential growth. Unfortunately, many AI writers and commentators are also carried away by such stories, I believe they are misguided in doing so. Here’s why.

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Managing Automation: Employment, inequality and ethics in the digital age

Managing Automation

Managing Automation Yesterday (28th December 2017), the IPPR (a UK think-tank) published their report into the effects of automation on the economy and posited some suggestions as to initiatives that might be put forward to address the problems foreseen with managing automation. While the report comes on the back of a wave of activity during…

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